India’s wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul opted to challenge Sri Lankan spinner Dunith Wellalage and assured fans that they would follow a different strategy the next time they faced him. The Indian batters wanted to “go after” Wellalage instead of letting him establish a rhythm, as he did in the Super 4 game. Wellalage, a young left-arm spinner, destroyed India’s batting lineup with a career-best ODI graph of 5/40, taking the wickets of Hardik Pandya, Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli. Wellalage’s performance was exceptional, as he tested the right-handers on both edges and dismissed five batters in the top five. India won by 41 runs en route to the Asia Cup final.
The Sri Lankan spinner receives a challenge from Rahul
Dunith Wellalage, The 20-year-old bowler returned with a career-best ODI chart of 5/40 by dismissing Hardik Pandya (5), KL Rahul (39), Rohit Sharma (53), Shubman Gill (19), and Virat Kohli (3).
KL Rahul challenged Wellalage
KL Rahul, the wicketkeeper-batsman for India, assured a different strategy the following time they faced Dunith Wellalage of Sri Lanka. The Indian batters want to “go after” Wellalage instead of letting him establish a rhythm as he carried out in the Super 4 game on Tuesday in Colombo, Rahul said, issuing a direct challenge to the young left-arm spinner.
Wellalage destroyed the Indian Batting lineup on Tuesday
Dunith Wellalage put India’s renowned batting unit on the canvas with one of his best bowling performances, helped by the slow and sticky Premadasa surface. The 20-year-old returned with career-best ODI graphs of 5/40 by taking the wickets of Hardik Pandya (5), Rahul (39), Rohit Sharma (53), Shubman Gill (19), and Virat Kohli (3).
KL Rahul’s remark
“Dunith Wellalage was accurate. He secured five wickets and completed the task for his group. He seemed to be Sri Lanka’s most dangerous bowler. What else is there to say? He dismissed five batters in the top five. After the game, India won by 41 runs en route to the Asia Cup final. It was an excellent game for him,” KL Rahul told reporters.
Wellalage finished off his first five-wicket haul
Wellalage’s performance turned even more exceptional when he tested the right-handers on both edges. With a delivery that tossed on the middle and turned to smash the peak of the off stump, he got things going by confusing Gill. After Kohli made a mistake shot, the left-arm spinner dismissed him with a pitch that prevented on the surface.
The arm ball that fooled Rohit continued with the arm and slammed into the Indian captain’s stumps. Wellalage took down Rahul once more during his second spell. With another beautiful delivery to Hardik that drew him forward, gripped, and turned to get the outside edge, Wellalage finished off his first five-wicket haul.
The day wasn’t over for Dunith Wellalage yet. He nearly led Sri Lanka to victory with the bat after his outstanding performance with the ball. Off 46 balls, the left-hander scored an unbeaten 42. The outcome would have been different if he hadn’t run out of partners.
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